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Data Series 1078

Ground Penetrating Radar and Differential Global Positioning System Data Collected in April 2016 From Fire Island, New York

By Arnell S. Forde, Julie C. Bernier, and Jennifer L. Miselis

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Coastal oblique aerial photograph looking southwest along Fire Island, New York, March 2016
Coastal oblique aerial photograph looking southwest along Fire Island, New York, March 2016.  Photograph courtesy of Karen Morgan (Morgan, 2017). [Click image to enlarge]

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a long-term coastal morphologic-change study at Fire Island, New York, prior to and after Hurricane Sandy impacted the area in October 2012. The Fire Island Coastal Change project objectives include understanding the morphologic evolution of the barrier island system on a variety of time scales (months to centuries) and resolving storm-related impacts, post-storm beach response, and recovery. In April 2016, scientists from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted geophysical and sediment sampling surveys on Fire Island to characterize and quantify spatial variability in the subaerial geology with the goal of subsequently integrating onshore geology with other surf zone and nearshore datasets.  

This report, along with the associated USGS data release, serves as an archive of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and post-processed differential global positioning system (DGPS) data collected from beach and back-barrier environments on Fire Island, April 6–13, 2016 (USGS Field Activity Number 2016-322-FA). Data products, including unprocessed GPR trace data, processed DGPS data, elevation-corrected subsurface profile images, geographic information system files, and accompanying Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata are available for download.


This study was funded under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, using the U.S. Department of the Interior Hurricane Sandy supplemental funding. The authors thank Kyle Kelso and Owen Brenner (USGS) for their assistance with data collection. Logistical support for field work was provided by Michael Bilecki and Jordan Raphael at the Fire Island National Seashore. Betsy Boynton (Cherokee Nation Technologies) assisted with the report web design. The authors also thank Christopher G. Smith (USGS), Chelsea Stalk (Cherokee Nation Technologies), and Xan Fredericks (USGS) for conducting scientific, editorial, and metadata reviews that improved the content and presentation of this report.

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Forde, A.S., Bernier, J.C., and Miselis, J.L., 2018, Ground penetrating radar and differential global positioning system data collected in April 2016 from Fire Island, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1078,


Arnell S. Forde
U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
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